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Issue Details: First known date: 2001... vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 of Australian Literary Studies est. 1963 Australian Literary Studies
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Contents

* Contents derived from the 2001 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Les Murray : Watching with His Mouth, Peter Steele , single work criticism
Explores similarities between Murray and Gerard Manley Hopkins particularly in their use of highly visual and evocative language.
(p. 1-14)
'This Country is My Mind' : Les Murray's Poetics of Place, Martin Leer , single work criticism
Examines the "notion of place in Murray's work, the complex nature of Bunyah as a 'centre of the world', and how a poetics of place is established and develops from the earliest collections" (p.16).
(p. 15-42)
Folie, Topography and Family in Murray's Middle-Distance Poems, Christopher Pollnitz , single work criticism
The article demonstrates that Murray's poems "of more than one or two pages but less than fifty or a hundred" have "modes and preoccupations in common: they are topographical poems in which the protagonist moves through a landscape observing and reflecting; or they are family memoirs and chronicles; or ... they are a combination of both" (p.43). The author also examines Murray's sympathy for the "Foucaultian crew of social outsiders ... marginalised by folie" (p. 49), which he sees as an energising force in the most successful of these poems.
(p. 43-63)
Dancing "on Bits of Paper" : Les Murray's Soundscapes, Nils Eskestad , single work criticism
Considers language and metre in Murray's poetry, examining it in relation to Murray's concept of "Wholespeak" which requires poetry to "engage us physically, in addition to integrating our different levels of consciousness" (p.66). The influences of Hopkins's sprung rhythm, Gaelic sound patterns and Aboriginal poetry on Murray's work are also explored.
(p. 64-75)
Les Murray's "Narrowspeak", Peter Pierce , single work criticism
Examines Murray's prose which he has spoken of as "Narrowspeak", in comparison to the "Wholespeak" of poetry.
(p. 76-86)
'Big Poems Burn Women' : Fredy Neptune's Democratic Sailor and Walcott's Epic Omeros, Line Henriksen , single work criticism
Analyses Fredy Neptune within the context of the epic tradition and explores similarities and differences between Murray's work and the narratives of Derek Walcott, Seamus Heaney and Ezra Pound.
(p. 87-109)
The Art of "Cracking Normal", Bruce A. Clunies Ross , single work criticism
Discusses the prosody and colloquial narrative tone of Fredy Neptune in the context of the Boeotian tradition which "locates the art of poetry in the 'vernacular republic'; the realm of common speech and ordinary life which cannot be represented through heroic ... narrative" (ALS 20.2, p.120).
(p. 110-121)
Fredy Neptune : Metonymy and the Incarnate Preposition, Charles Lock , single work criticism
Discussion of the underlying ethics and poetics of Murray's novel, including the concepts of "embodiment", metonymy, metaphor, realism and elements of linguistic theory.
(p. 122-141)
Justice, Sacrifice and the Mother's Poem, Noel Rowe , single work criticism (p. 142-165)
Les Murray : A Selective Checklist, Carol Hetherington , single work bibliography

Covers works by and about Murray up to September 2001.

(p. 157-174)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: The Poetry of Les Murray : Critical Essays

Works about this Work

[Review] Collected Poems : 1961-2002 and ALS 20:2 and Les Murray Peter Kirkpatrick , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 195-200)

— Review of Les Murray Steven Matthews , 2001 single work criticism ; Collected Poems : 1961-2002 Les Murray , 2002 selected work poetry ; Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
Privileged to Be His Contemporaries Angela Mende , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Law Society Journal , July vol. 41 no. 6 2003; (p. 84, 86)

— Review of Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
Poet Speaking with the People Elizabeth Perkins , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , Winter vol. 21 no. 3 2002; (p. 70-71)

— Review of Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
Taut and Visionary: The Poetry of Geoff Page and Les Murray Jim Tulip , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , October vol. 29 no. 2 2002; (p. 38-40)

— Review of Darker and Lighter Geoff Page , 2001 selected work poetry ; Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
A Gregarious Culture : Australian Non-Fiction, 2001-02 James Wieland , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 47 no. 2002; (p. 100-115)

— Review of How Simone de Beauvoir Died in Australia Sylvia Lawson , 2002 selected work short story essay criticism ; Republics of Ideas : Republicanism Culture Visual Arts John Conomos , 2001 anthology essay ; Storykeepers 2001 anthology essay criticism ; Words for Country : Landscape and Language in Australia 2002 anthology non-fiction ; The Writer's Reader : A Guide to Writing Fiction and Poetry 2002 anthology criticism ; From the Front : Being the Observations of Mr. A.B. (Banjo) Paterson : Special War Correspondent in South Africa : November 1899 to July 1900,for the Argus, the Sydney Mail, the Sydney Morning Herald A. B. Paterson , 2000 selected work prose correspondence autobiography ; Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue ; Homage to John Forbes 2002 anthology criticism biography poetry interview autobiography ; David Malouf : A Celebration 2001 anthology essay criticism ; The Diaries of Donald Friend. Volume 1 Donald Friend , 2001 selected work diary ; Always Unreliable : The Memoirs Clive James , 2001 selected work autobiography ; Passions of the First Wave Feminists Susan Magarey , 2001 single work criticism ; A Gregarious Culture : Topical Writings of Miles Franklin Miles Franklin , Jill Roe , Margaret Bettison , 2001 selected work column correspondence prose review criticism autobiography interview
Taut and Visionary: The Poetry of Geoff Page and Les Murray Jim Tulip , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , October vol. 29 no. 2 2002; (p. 38-40)

— Review of Darker and Lighter Geoff Page , 2001 selected work poetry ; Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
Privileged to Be His Contemporaries Angela Mende , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Law Society Journal , July vol. 41 no. 6 2003; (p. 84, 86)

— Review of Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
[Review] Collected Poems : 1961-2002 and ALS 20:2 and Les Murray Peter Kirkpatrick , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: JASAL , vol. 2 no. 2003; (p. 195-200)

— Review of Les Murray Steven Matthews , 2001 single work criticism ; Collected Poems : 1961-2002 Les Murray , 2002 selected work poetry ; Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
Poet Speaking with the People Elizabeth Perkins , 2002 single work review
— Appears in: Social Alternatives , Winter vol. 21 no. 3 2002; (p. 70-71)

— Review of Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
PAPERbacks Fiona Capp , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 December 2001; (p. 8)

— Review of Australian Literary Studies vol. 20 no. 2 October 2001 periodical issue
Signing Off With Les Kristina Olsson , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier Mail , 26 January 2002; (p. 2)
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